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dental floss

noun
1.
a soft, strong, waxed or unwaxed thread, usually made of nylon, for drawing between the teeth to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of plaque.
Also called floss.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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  • Subsidizing broccoli, gym memberships and dental floss comes next.
  • Then he wrapped dental floss around the paper, tracing grooves made by the inserted screw.
British Dictionary definitions for dental floss

dental floss

noun
1.
a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
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dental floss in Medicine

dental floss n.
A waxed or unwaxed thread used to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth.

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